chapter  3
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Power Laws, Weblogs, and Inequality

WithCLAY SHIRKEY

A persistent theme among people writing about the social aspects of weblogging is to note (and usually lament) the rise of an A-list, a small set of webloggers who account for a majority of the trac in the weblog world.1 is complaint follows a common pattern we’ve seen with multiuser domains, bulletin board systems, and online communities like Echo and the WELL. A new social system starts, and seems delightfully free of the elitism and cliquishness of the existing systems. en, as the new system grows, problems of scale set in. Not everyone can participate in every conversation. Not everyone gets to be heard. Some core group seems more connected than the rest of us, and so on.